About Duane Morris LLP

From its hub in Philadelphia to offices in Northern California to outposts in Asia and back around to London, Duane Morris may be taking a Ferdinand Magellan approach to legal industry domination. The firm's specialties include litigation, corporate law, intellectual property, business reorganization and financial restructuring, employment and immigration, energy and environment, health law, real estate and wealth planning.

Go West, More West, and Then a Little Farther West

Founded in 1904 by Russell Duane, a descendant of revolutionary polymath Benjamin Franklin, Duane Morris has exponentially grown in staff and locations from its early twentieth century beginnings. Under the leadership of Sheldon Bonovitz, who took the helm in 1998 when the firm held a legal team numbering around 200, Duane Morris more than tripled its attorneys on staff.

In recent years, the firm has continued to strategically grow under current Chairman John Soroko. More than 128 partners have joined Duane Morris in the past 5 years. Back in 2008, Duane Morris hired a team of construction lawyers from Thelen; the next year, it brought a group of attorneys on board from Wolf Block. In 2012, Duane Morris hired 16 attorneys from Dewey & LeBoeuf, expanding its insurance, energy and technology practices in the process. A year later, the firm opened offices in Silicon Valley-where its attorneys focus on patent litigation and patent prosecution, trademarks and copyrights, venture capital, private equity and related commercial litigation-as well as Muscat, Oman and Yangon, Myanmar. Most recently, Duane Morris has set up outposts in Shanghai and Taiwan. And in Spring 2017, the firm added the six-attorney real estate team from Carlton Fields in Miami.

A Specimen of Study

Noting that Duane Morris tripled in size in just 12 years, Harvard Business Professor Boris Groysberg commissioned a study of the firm for his business students called "Duane Morris: Balancing Growth and Culture at a Law Firm." Groysberg found that, despite its rapid expansion, Duane Morris had maintained its "Quaker values" along with an "unusually narrow" spread between the highest and lowest partner compensations, according to the ABA Journal. The study also noted Duane Morris' practice of emphasizing lateral hires in its recruitment practices.

In 2013, Harvard Business School published its second case study of the firm, entitled "Collaborating for Growth: Duane Morris in a Turbulent Legal Sector." The case study examined the firm's success in maintaining its collaborative culture despite economic pressures impacting the global legal industry, as well as the firm's continuing expansion into new markets. The study concluded that Duane Morris was able to maintain its "Quaker ways" by keeping a "transparent, data-driven compensation system, practice-group integration across multiple offices, and rewards for attorneys who shared responsibility."

In addition to this, Duane Morris is heralded as a leading law firm in the diversity efforts, having even earned the Minority Corporate Counsel Association Innovator Award and being among the first to ever name a Chief Diversity Officer. But it's not all for glitz and glory; Duane Morris associates participate in the annual Diversity & Inclusion Retreat, which targets business development efforts alongside establishing priorities of inclusion in all sectors.


April 2017
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia … and Chicago

For the second year in a row, Duane Morris was named a "Top Workplace" in the region by Philly.com, the website affiliated with The Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News. The Top Workplaces list is based on an employee survey administered by WorkplaceDynamics, LLC. And blowing over to the Windy City, Duane Morris was the only law firm named a 2017 "Best Place to Work" by Crain's Chicago Business, singled out for its formal mentoring program for associates, flexible work arrangements, and culture of inclusiveness.

October 2016
Next, It's Taiwan

Duane Morris opened its office in Taipei, Taiwan (Republic of China) with a focus on intellectual property for Taiwan's high-tech, pharmaceutical and bio-tech industries, as well as commercial and corporate transactions, antitrust and regulatory compliance, white collar litigation and investigations, and foreign trade and investment. It follows the 2014 opening of its Shanghai office to facilitate outbound investment for Chinese corporations, as well as support inbound investment opportunities for its clients elsewhere. Other recent expansion has included Myanmar, bolstering the firm's existing Asian locations in Singapore and Vietnam, and the establishment of a Middle East office in Oman.

September 2016
Hot Fun in the Summertime

In The American Lawyer's 2016 Summer Associates Survey, Duane Morris was one of only 13 firms in the nation that earned a 5 out of 5 on the overall place to work category.

May 2016
Presidential Transactions

Duane Morris has acted as U.S. legal counsel to the president of India in the privatization program of the Indian government's public sector units, representing the president in deals for National Hydroelectric Power, Container Corp. of India and Hindustan Copper totaling more than $600 million.

April 2016
Family Friendly

Duane Morris has repeatedly been ranked by Working Mother and Flex-Time Lawyers as one of the 50 Best Law Firms for Women based on the firm's policies and business development initiatives that retain women and advance them. In 2016, Duane Morris was named a "Best Place to Work for Women Over 35" by Crain's Chicago Business and the year before won the Advancing Women Company Award by the Philadelphia Business Journal and was listed among Yale Law Women's Top Ten Family Friendly Firms.

November 2013
Today's Lesson is … Duane Morris

Harvard Business School published its second case study of the firm, titled "Collaborating for Growth: Duane Morris in a Turbulent Legal Sector." The case study is part of the curriculum at Harvard and Columbia and is available to other business and law schools for case study teaching.

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Duane Morris LLP

30 South 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: (215) 979-1000


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Chairman and Chief Executive Officer: John J. Soroko
  • Hiring Partner: Kelly D. Eckel
  • Total No. Attorneys 2017: 728

  • Base Salary

    Philadelphia, NY, Chicago
    1st year: $165,000
    Summer associate: $3,173

    San Diego
    1st year:  $150,000
    Summer associate: $2,884

    1st year:  $140,000
    Summer associate: $2,692

  • Summer Associate Offers
    16 out of 16 (2Ls) (2016)

  • Major Departments & Practices

    Automotive • Aviation • Banking • Business Reorganization & Financial Restructuring • Construction & Engineering • Corporate • Education • Employment, Labor, Benefits & Immigration • Energy, Environment & Natural Resources • Entertainment & New Media • Fashion, Retail, Luxury & Consumer Goods • Financial Services • Gaming • Health Law • Healthcare • Hospitality • Insurance & Reinsurance • Intellectual Property • International • Life Sciences & Biotechnology • Manufacturing • Maritime, Shipping & International Trade • Media & Communications • Pharmaceutical, Pharmacy & Food • Private Equity • Private Investment Funds • Real Estate • Sports • Technology • Trial • Wealth Planning

Major Office Locations

  • Philadelphia, PA (HQ) • Atlanta, GA • Baltimore, MD • Boca Raton, FL • Boston, MA • Cherry Hill, NJ • Chicago, IL • Houston, TX • Lake Tahoe, NV • Las Vegas, NV • Los Angeles, CA • Miami, FL • New York, NY • Newark, NJ • Pittsburgh, PA • San Diego, CA • San Francisco, CA • Silicon Valley, CA • Washington, DC • Wilmington, DE Hanoi • Ho Chi Minh City • London • Myanmar • Oman • Shanghai • Singapore • Taiwan